NABOKV-L post 0015710, Tue, 27 Nov 2007 17:11:33 EST

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Re: Brian Boyd on Apples in PF
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In a message dated 11/27/2007 3:16:00 PM Central Standard Time,
NABOKV-L@HOLYCROSS.EDU writes:
> Still, the exact moment when Shade felt himself to be the shadow of the
> waxwing slain is unclear. Some possibilities: he is reacting to the death of his
> parents; he is reacting to Hazel's suicide; he is referring to a change that
> occured in him as a result of his childhood (or adult) fits.

I'd suggest that the time setting must be after the deaths of his parents,
given that they were ornithologists. There's also a Nabokovian twist in "waxw
ing"; the very name contains a double--"double-you--double-you"-- which is
reminiscent of Poe's most famous doppelganger story, "WilliamWilson."

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